Starr Nolan

Starr Nolan has been guiding and teaching fly fishing in Western North Carolina for the past 13 years. She has extensive experience guiding experienced anglers and has taught hundreds of people from age 7 – 82 how to fly fish.

In addition to private instruction and Brookside Guides Fly Fishing Schools, Starr has guided and taught in the following programs:

Casting for Recovery Carolinas and GA:support and education weekends for breast cancer survivors. Starr has coordinated this program and lead retreat weekends as a volunteer since 2002.

Rivercourse: Instructor and guide for this week long fly fishing and conservation camp for kids organized by NC Trout Unlimited chapters.

John C. Campbell School: Fly fishing faculty instructing week long fly fishing classes for adults, 2006- 2010.

The Kawana Fly Fishing Club: Guide and instructor for the annual fly fishing weekend on the Linville River since 2008.

Being an Outdoor Woman: Fly Fishing Class: a program that teaches women outdoor skills.

The Charleston Angler: Fly Fishing classes for all skill levels since 2002.

Starr was a featured angler on ESPN2’s show “Rods and Wheels” in 2008.

Starr is past President and Board member of Land O’Sky Trout Unlimited in Asheville. She is a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers and the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

Starr enjoys fly fishing all over the world. Favorite spots include: fishing for native brook trout on small streams in Western NC, fishing “anywhere” in Montana, floating the Kenai River in Alaska, and stalking bonefish on the flats in the Bahamas.

When she’s not fishing, Starr is playing fiddle in her band All Strings Considered, playing traditional mountain music in Asheville.
Our WNC trout waters are filled with lively rainbows, browns and brook trout. Fish with our fly fishing guides from Pisgah National Forest to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ... more

Beginning anglers can sign up for a day or weekend of fly fishing instruction and guided fishing with our skilled, patient and fun guides.

More advanced anglers can choose from the over 4,000 miles of freestone mountain trout water located within easy reach of our home base in Asheville, NC. The Davidson River, one of the most exciting and challenging rivers in our area, is listed in Trout Unlimited’s “Top 100 Trout Streams.”

Western North Carolina’s temperate climate makes this a great destination for fly fishing 365 days a year. Spring and fall offer the best hatches while in winter months anglers often find they have rivers to themselves as they search for trophy trout.

No matter what the season, you’ll have your choice of fishing on wild trout waters filled with big, wary browns or hiking to streams in the beautiful Smoky Mountains that hold the prize catch, native Appalachian brook trout.
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